Benjamin Moore Calm

Benjamin Moore’s Calm is one of my all time favorite wall paint colors.

Have a look and find out why!

Benjamin Moore Calm Paint Color


Benjamin Moore Calm Paint


Thought I’d bring back this post about Benjamin Moore Calm paint from last year, as it’s still one of the most popular wall colors I get asked about.

Benjamin Moore’s Calm also happens to be one of my favorites – so naturally I love to feature it here.

In addition, I recently found several more photos with this beautiful wall color.

So I’ve gone back and edited this post to include them all here as well.

Benjamin Moore Calm is the color we have on our family room walls here in Connecticut.

You can see it “in situ” in the photo above.


calm on walls with white dove by Benjamin Moore on windoow trim


First time with Calm


First off, for starters, we used Benjamin Moore’s Calm in our family room in our previous house in New York.

That’s when we fell in love with this versatile, chic shade.

You can see this space in the photo below.

This wall paint color is also known as OC -22.

The “OC” stands for original color. I don’t know why I know that?

But, I digress….


family room painted in BM calm


We briefly considered Sherwin Williams Pure White, but quickly ruled it out as it wasn’t the warm look we were going for here.

Another color we looked at was Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

It’s a gorgeous color, but this was too gray and too dark for this space.

Anyway, we love this paint color so much we decided to use it again in our current home, here in Connecticut.

We knew it would look great because we were going to use all the same furniture in this room again.

Well, everything except for the rug, which didn’t fit the new space.


paint swatch of OC - 22 Benjamin Moore Calm


Second time using Calm


As you can see, we clearly love a neutral paint color around here.

Using a light gray rug in our current home gave the whole room a much more cohesive, modern look.

The natural light in our new home is much different as well.

As a result, we can see just how much light matters! 

All light sources will always change how the very same paint color looks on a wall.

Because time of day and lighting can drastically change the look of a paint color, it’s important to test samples out first on the wall.

So be sure to look at them in different light.

Having a paint colors fan deck like this one, while not necessary, makes it easier to find complimentary colors.

Ultimately you need to love the paint colors you choose for your walls.


Benjamin Moore Calm paint sampleSamplize self adhesive paint sample of CalmLOVE THESE!

Which is why I can’t recommend trying it out as a sample in your home first.

You can see my Samplize paint swatch in action, in the paint color saved highlights on my Instagram page.

Doesn’t this sounds so clever?

No messy paint cans to deal with before you commit! Win/win!

If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here!


blue and white family room with calm paint wall color


Just like our previous home, we chose to have the trim and ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove with a semi gloss sheen.

You can read all about paint colors for trim work here, and paint colors for ceilings here!

Calm goes so perfectly with our Benjamin Moore White Dove trim.

Personally, I love the versatility of this color.

Just like it’s name suggests, it does have a “calm” effect on the room.


white ceiling trim with calm paint on walls in family room



Benjamin Moore’s Calm is the perfect shade if you’re looking to paint a room white or a pale neutral color, almost like a shaded white – but you still want a hint of tone.

Don’t forget, you can always add some white paint to a color, any color really – to get the exact look you want.

Play around with adding different percentages of white, any hardware or paint store will be very familiar with this practice.

Depending on the light and time of day, it appears to look light gray and or simply white.

For even more white paint ideas, be sure to check out this post here.

However, if you’re looking into how to find the perfect gray paint color, you’ll want to check out this post here.

In other words, Benjamin Moore’s Calm is a very versatile, neutral color.

It’s one of my favorite shades in the whole BM color collection.

Not to confuse the issue, but if you’re looking for a paint with just a bit more gray, check out Sea Salt, it’s very pretty!

And, for a gray with a bit more of a warm undertone, there’s Balboa Mist, also by Benjamin Moore.

As for a gorgeous greige paint to consider, have a look at Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

You can compare all these paint colors together here.


family room with Benjamin Moore calm on walls


Hopefully you found this post helpful.

This color is SO perfect for any space  – looks great in a living room and dining rooms too!

If you do end up using Calm on your own walls, let me know! I’d love to see it.

If you’re curious, you can always see more of our current home here.

I hope you found these examples from our home helpful!

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

Also, don’t miss this post on the top three white paints for trim and baseboards.

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